After Manchester City's crushing defeat to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich, the question that has to be asked is, where will the Spanish maestro go next?
Before agreeing to take over the German champions, he was courted by both Roman Abramovich's Chelsea and Manchester City's Middle Eastern owners. It almost seems that sanctioning the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea was Abramovich's second choice behind appointing Guardiola.
However, Guardiola snubbed the Russian oligarch and instead has forayed into German football.
"Guardiola was going to be cerebral," said the Telegraph's Paul Hayward, in reference to Abramovich's pursuit of Guardiola, "cool, far-sighted, youth friendly, iconic. He was going to bring the poetry. Instead he administered the hardest lesson of the Abramovich era. He said no, which no one ever does."
Indeed, the former Barcelona manager is his own man. After yesterday's crushing victory over Manchester City, the Telegraph's Henry Winter wrote that Guardiola, "continues to reinvent the game, introducing even greater fluidity, variety and venom into the champions of Europe".
Bayern were certainly a sight to behold, they didn't even play with a recognised striker upfront. Instead, Thomas Muller, who ordinarily plays in midfield, was fielded as Bayern's most advanced player. The tactic certainly worked, Muller was one of the scorers, along with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
After a night in which Guardiola took last season's treble winners to an even greater level of performance, many will be asking where the Spaniard will choose to ply his trade after he has satiated his appetite for trophies with Bayern.
If Mourinho doesn't perform in the Champions League over the next two or three seasons, there is every chance that Abramovich will cut ties with the Portuguese for a second time. If that happens, there is no doubt that the Russian will again pursue Guardiola.
Other potential destinations would be Manchester City, Tottenham or even Manchester United if David Moyes cannot return to winning ways with the Red Devils.
Speaking in the Mail in reference to managing in the Premier League, the Spaniard said: "Before I finish my career, sooner or later, I would like to go to England as a trainer (manager), but in a few years."
It will definitely be interesting to see how Guardiola goes about the challenge of managing a Premier League side. He would no doubt attempt to transform the style of play of any side that he took over.
Whether or not he would continue his trophy-winning ways in England is another question. He may find that a club like Chelsea would be resistant to an overhaul in players and style, as Andre Villas-Boas discovered to his peril when he was manager of the Blues.
There is little doubt that Bayern's manager will manage in the Premier League one day. When he does come, rival managers will be watching with apprehension.
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